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Plasmid. 1996 Jul;36(1):19-25.

High expression of plasmid-encoded tetracycline resistance gene in E. coli causes a decrease in membrane-bound ATPase activity.

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Division of Biomedical Sciences, Meharry Medical College, Nashville, Tennessee 37208, USA.


Expression of the plasmid pBR322-encoded tetracycline-resistant gene (tet) is known to cause other pleiotropic effects in addition to mediating the efflux of tetracycline from bacterial host cells. We have recently reported that expression of the tet gene in plasmid pKH47, a high-copy-number derivative of pBR322, causes growth inhibition of Escherichia coli cells harboring this plasmid. In this paper we report that reduced membrane-bound ATPase activity is found in E. coli cells containing plasmid pKH47. This effect is dependent on the presence of an intact tet gene and reduces the ability of the cells to grow in a minimum medium containing succinate as the sole carbon source. The same effect is more dramatically observed in cells containing an unrelated plasmid in which tet gene expression is under the control of the tac promoter.

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